Tuesday, March 23, 2010

my entrance room...


When we bought our house in April last year, a big attraction was the two entrance rooms. We have a downstairs mud room which opens off the garage and is home to school bags, baskets of shoes, junk mail and all the things that get carted in and out of the car everyday. It often looks like a dump, but only we get to see it! Our front door opens into a much calmer entrance room and is thankfully the room visitors see first. It is actually one of my favourite rooms in the house. It has a lovely green aspect and is one of the brightest rooms in the house with windows on two sides.

We have a big comfy armchair here and a bookcase overflowing with everything from Agatha Christie, Georgette Heyer, and French Women Don't Get Fat (mine) to J.R.R. Tolkien, Valerio Massimo Manfredi and Principle Centered Leadership (my husband's).

This room is also where my antique school desk has ended up in one corner as a quiet place to do homework and where my clip boards have made their home with their ever changing display. It looks very bare in the photo below, but usually has one or more children perched on the seat and paper and pens everywhere!


One of my favourite things about this area is that it showcases many reminders of some of the places we have been lucky enough to live and visit. You can see the orang-utan painting which we bought when we visited a centre for orphaned and abused orang-utans in Sabah, while we were living in Brunei - we had one come right up to us to say hello which the kids loved. There are also 'coffee table books' from Budapest, Sydney and Melbourne which bring back so many great memories when we flick through them. And did you spy the pile of Pottery Barn books? I've spent many pleasurable hours leafing through those!



12 comments:

Julie-Ann said...

Such a gorgeous room. I love the light in the room and the desk but especially the clipboards. What a clever idea to hang your art like that:)

Leah said...

Those Potterybarn books are fabulous - I bought some for my sister in law a few years ago and she loved them. You have excellent taste! ;)

Janette said...

Your front room is beautiful. I love the windows and the way they open out and the school desk and clipboards are a fantastic idea!
Jx

A Room For Everyone said...

Just gorgeous, what a lovely welcome home..Rachaelxx

Patty said...

I'm so in love with your book collection and the lighting in that room is just fantastic!

Lee said...

What a wonderful entrance to your home! It seems like such a lovely space to be welcomed by when you open the door. Thank you for sharing your home. Lee :)

Little Maison said...

What a fantastic room. You have some wonderful ideas and beautiful taste.

Anonymous said...

more real home bits please
LOVE LOVE
C

Sandrine said...

Hmmmmmmm, this is so beautiful, relaxing, organised, blance, zen....Are you selling your house Clare ? LOL!!!:)I hope you are keeping well XX

The Moerks said...

A lovely room. I want those books!
I love the clipboards.

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